Here’s what the ole Wolfensteiner had been watching in August 2019.
Oh no! This has to be one of my most measly selection of watched films since I started this blog. It’s has been a big month though. Nyah’s A Level results and Kofi’s GCSEs both coming in a week apart. Both doing us extremely proud. All in all it seemed a busier month and found less time for the beloved movies and TV.
Did watch Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix stand up set Sticks and Stones last night. Wow he certainly opened a can of whoop ass on the world. I loved it but only watch if you like your comedy on the dark side of the tracks and don’t have an “offended” button set ready to push. You have been warned.
11 films this month and a total of 153 this year
645 since the start of the blog in January 2017.
Cry of the City (1948) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Victor Mature and Richard Conte are perfect in this especially thrilling noir. It kind of reminded me of Heat with Deniro and Pacino. The wonderful Hope Emerson does steal the show in a little part. So wanted to do post on this one as it’s just so good. But wait Maddy has done a perfect write up on her movie site Maddy Loves Her Classics. Check it out.
Dollman (1991) – Wolfman Rating 5 – IMDB Rating 5.4
Yeah it might be a little on the bad side but there’s no denying this cult sci-fi starring Tim Thomerson and Jackie Earle Haley isn’t a fun watch. Even if it’s just to see how a little man runs around the “Bronx”!. I did a post if you want to know more at Wolfman’s Write Up Here
Under Fire (1983) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 7
Three journalists Nick Nolte, Gene Hackman and Joanna Cassidy are caught up in the Nicaraguan Revolution whilst messing around in a nooky love triangle. It’s a very good film. Sits in well with Missing (1982) and maybe Off Limits (1988).
They Made Me a Fugitive (1947) – Wolfman Rating 8.5- IMDB Rating 7.3
Also known as I Became a Criminal. This is such a fun British gangster movie starring Trevor Howard and Sally Gray. You can read about it on my Wolfman’s write up here.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976) – Wolfman Rating 7.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
Got to watch this again after such a long time of first seeing it in my teens. Amazing to remember scenes and at the same time realise I’d got simular war films from the same era slightly mixed up. It has its flaws, still I really enjoyed re-watching it. Pop on over to Jay’s amazing write up on his movie site Cinema Essentials
Ip Man (2008) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 8
Really enjoyable watch with my son. Donnie Yen was superb with his expect fighting skills. Wasn’t quite as good as the hype I thought but still great to have finally seen it.
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) – Wolfman Rating 9 – IMDB Rating 7.6
This film was superb. I will definitely be watching this one again. Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney and Gary Merrill ramp up this thrilling noir. Here my Wolfie Write Up Here
Con Air (1997) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 6.9
It was pizza and action film night. You can’t really beat late 90’s action blockbusting thrills like this. A crazy gang of evil prisoners played by an incredible cast of actors. Then there’s Nicolas Cage fulfilling a million memes a second. It’s just a pure riot. Everyone enjoyed this ride into mayhem.
Shoot to Kill (1988) – Wolfman Rating 7 – IMDB Rating 6.8
Sidney Poitier, a bear and a moody Tom Berenger run through the woods after a murderer. It’s fast paced, action packed and pretty funny at times. You can check my write up if you wish at Wolfman’s Write Up Here
The Small Back Room (1949) – Wolfman Rating 8.5 – IMDB Rating 7.3
Also so known as Hour Of Glory. This is WW2 with lots of underlying topics running through it. Addiction, love, politics, bomb disposal etc. It’s rather superb. You can read what I thought over here Wolfman’s Write Up Here
Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019) – Wolfman Rating 10 – IMDB Rating 8.1
Damn man I loved this film so f-ing much. I’d managed to stay away from everything. I sat there in total awe. Totally mesmerised by Leo’s Rick Dalton. The guy just delivered so many incredible scenes. The little touches with his mannerisms blew me away. That slight stutter and the weary look on his face. His actors trailer cabin freak out with his booze addiction, the interaction with the little girl, again showing is own insecurities in his career were heart touching and amazing. Loved his totally fxcked up face in the bowl of ice chatting with Sam Wanamaker whilst coughing and choking with a crippling mega hangover. That scene when he gets his lines wrong and you get to see the camera pan back round to it first position as he psyched himself to go again was another perfect moment. The Bruce Lee scene was so funny. Mike Moh mirrored Bruce to a tee. I thought so much of this Quentin Tarantino love letter to the innocence of acting and Hollywood was perfect. I could watch it over and over.
Brad was incredible too and loved and felt their friendship and who couldn’t love Brandy? hehe. Only QT could get a perfect scene of dog food falling out of a tin!
Bittersweet to see Luke Perry in his final role. And how good to see Al Pacino in, at last, a great role again. Yeah it was a small part but has upped my excitement for the The Irishman coming soon.
Could of sat there for another two hours. The homage to cinema, the music choices, the TV programs, adverts. Oh my we were spoilt rotten. The set designs, none more so that those twilight drives down the strip with all the big lights big city of the era. I loved the Hollywood history and the QT play on history. For me it was quite perfect. I really can’t wait to see it again. Was totally buzzing and I’m still buzzing. I had it at as a strong 9 but it’s not left my mind so had to bump it up one notch. LOVED IT
I need to up my film watching game next month!
Any goodies in there you have seen and liked? Thoughts, recommends etc always welcome if you fancy too.
Keep watching the screens. Thanks for having a look to see what’s been watched. All the best……… The howling one, Mikey